“We consider Red Wednesday as the strongest reminder for this year’s celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.”
This was the message of Fr. Reynaldo V. Romero, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines Ecclesiastical Assistant, to mark the Red Wednesday celebration this year.
“All year, we have been jubilant about being gifted to give, and about our 500 years of blessings. Red Wednesday is our remembrance and our reminder that our 500 strong years of faith stand on the martyrdom and the sacrifice of our brothers and sisters who suffered persecution and oppression solely for believing in Christ,” Fr. Romero told the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications.
With the theme “Red Without Fear: The Church Journeying as One”, Red Wednesday campaign according to Fr. Romero does not only shows solidarity to all Christians all over the world who are persecuted because of their faith but also heeds the call of His Holiness Pope Francis to a synodal journey of the Church.
“The Red Wednesday celebration also coincides with our preparation towards the Synod. We often say that we are and we will be journeying as one,” Fr. Romero said.
“Red Wednesday, again, is our reminder: many of our brethren remain to have a hard time to journey along with us. We must pause, assess, and slow down. Above all, we must give a helping hand,” he added.
In the Archdiocese of Manila, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor, issued a circular letter addressed to all clergy and religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila encouraged that the façade of all churches, schools and participating institutions to be illuminated or decorated in red.
The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.
ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)